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The Elephant in the Middle of the Examining Room – Doctor Depression, Anxiety and Suicide
When you think about going to visit your doctor or health practitioner you most often think about a man or woman who has dedicated their lives to healing others. You may feel relief as you believe the doctor is here to help navigate you through whatever ails you. Rarely do you think beyond that and wonder, “How is my doctor doing today?”
Abraham Varghese teaches us in the “The Tennis Partner” that doctors are more than their persona. David, the talented resident, is much more than his depression, his addiction, his insecurities or his self-effacement.
Likewise, there are well documented accountings of interns, residents and doctors who, for many reasons, turn to drugs and take their own lives. This interactive presentation examines how to take care of the caretaker.
In fact, “more than 920,000 Americans lose their doctors to suicide each year.”
Presenter Louise Stanger, EdD, LCSW, CWDF, CIP has published on this issue in the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, DB Resources, Journal of Alcohol Studies, The Sober World, Recovery Campus, Counselor Magazine, Campus Recovery, Addiction Blog and other media. Her articles on Doctors etc. have received national and international recognition. The San Diego Business Journal listed her as one of the “Top 10 Women Who Mean Business” and is considered by Quit Alcohol as one of the Top 10 Interventionists in the country. She speaks all over the country and trains staff at Paradigm Malibu, Paradigm, San Rafael, New Found Life, Lakeview Health etc. and develops original Family programs such as the one at Driftwood Recovery in Austin Texas. She was awarded 2014 Foundations Fan Favorite Speaker Award and the 2016 Joseph L. Galletta Spirit of Recovery Award. Falling Up: A Memoir of Renewal is available on Amazon and Learn to Thrive: An Intervention Handbook on her website at http:/.www.allaboutinterventions.com . She is the 2017 recipient of the International DB Resources Journalist of the Year Award and 2018 Forgiveness for Living Plus Awards Honoree.